Ozempic has been linked to serious illnesses, prompting lawsuits by injury victims. When people are hurt by dangerous and defective drugs, they only want to get their lives back to normal. For that to happen, they need to be fairly compensated for their injuries. However, an Ozempic settlement may take some time.
How much time will depend on numerous factors, but your lawyer will expedite the process if possible. What steps are necessary to reach a favorable settlement in your Ozempic case? Rueb Stoller Daniel takes a look at how long drug injury settlements can take.
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The Steps That May Be Involved in an Ozempic Settlement
Each case involving a dangerous medication is different, so each settlement will take a different route. Here we examine, in general, what victims should expect in reaching an Ozempic settlement with the drug maker.
Hire an Attorney
The first step is to speak with an experienced mass tort injury lawyer, for several reasons. Your lawyer will understand the necessary process to reach a settlement. Your attorney can also answer questions and concerns you have. Finally, the lawyer can file a lawsuit if the settlement approach ultimately doesn’t work.
Investigate the Case
Once you retain legal counsel, your attorney will investigate how your injury happened. This is vital because it is up to you, the victim, to show that the makers of the drug were negligent. During the investigation phase, your lawyer will uncover the facts that validate your arguments against the drug manufacturer.
Also as part of the investigation, your attorney will gather essential documents and evidence. These will include medical records, personal statements, affidavits, and more. All told, completing the investigation and gathering necessary documents could take weeks to months.
Determine the Extent of Your Injuries
Your lawyer will want to make sure your injuries are fully understood before proceeding to the next step. Doing so helps establish the extent of your future damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, and disabilities. Taking this step therefore lets your lawyer seek an appropriate amount of compensation. How long this takes will depend almost entirely on the nature of your injuries.
Send the Demand Letter
After acquiring the evidence concerning your injuries, it’s time to seek a settlement. This is where the demand letter comes in. It is sent to the lawyers and insurance company representing the drug maker. The letter provides the attorneys and insurer with evidence of the drug maker’s negligence. It also itemizes your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Negotiate With the Lawyers and Insurance Company
The attorneys and insurers will likely answer the demand letter by offering a lower settlement amount. It’s possible they will even deny the drug maker’s liability altogether. Regardless, you should anticipate several rounds of offers and counter-offers as your attorney works for a fair settlement. Insurance negotiations, beginning with the demand letter, may take several weeks.
File a Lawsuit, if Necessary
If the lawyers and insurers representing the drug maker won’t negotiate in good faith, a lawsuit may be needed. Lawsuits can take months to work their way through the courts, not counting appeals. But settlements can and often do happen during litigation. All options for a fair settlement, as quickly as possible, will be explored.
Working to Win the Most Damages for Ozempic Victims
At Rueb Stoller Daniel, we strive to settle cases as quickly as we can. But we don’t do so at the expense of fair compensation for our clients. Don’t take a quick settlement for the sake of being finished with your case.